Before the decisive vote in the Federation Council, announced leaders of the Green opposition to the classification of a further four countries as “safe countries of origin”.

Thus, it is increasingly unlikely that will find in for this Friday’s planned vote on a draft law to the Federal government the necessary majority.

Specifically, it’s about Georgia, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Asylum seekers from the Maghreb States, although it is acknowledged rarely as refugees. But only as often as Tolerated or as a result of deportation obstacles still more in Germany. Georgians are allowed to travel for two years without a visa in the EU countries.

in addition to Green party leader Anna Lena Baerbock and Bundestag group chief Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the state governments of Hessen and Schleswig-announced-Holstein, resistance against the project of the Grand coalition.

As safe countries of origin, States are classified, where it is assumed that there are, in General, neither political persecution nor inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment. To allow for faster asylum decisions and to make people from these countries talked, on the way to Germany.

“It’s time, the miserable debate about the safe countries of origin to bury,” said Baerbock, and Göring-Eckardt of the German press Agency. The planned expansion of the list to Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Georgia was a “political icon debate”, legally dubious and a shame to the democracy efforts in these countries.

The Green mitregierten States of Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein will be included in the vote. Other States with Green participation in Government, announced this. In the case of votes in the Federal Council, abstentions are de facto votes no-as in the case of resolutions in General, an absolute majority is required.

Baden-württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green) has signaled a “Yes” vote. But he said on Tuesday he would decide in the end, there are still some Details and procedural issues would need to be clarified. However, even with a “Yes” from Baden-Württemberg, a majority would. At least another country with the Green participation in Government, or the red-red-ruled Brandenburg, would have to also agree.

For the case that the draft should be brought in the Federal Council, has announced FDP-Chef Christian Lindner, he wanted to turn on the mediation Committee. A first attempt of the Grand coalition to the Maghreb States had already failed in 2017, the Federal Council of the resistance of the Green.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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